Meet Thoracic Surgeon Bernard Park
Bernard J. Park, MD
Deputy Chief of Clinical Affairs, Thoracic Service
Lung Cancer; Robotic Surgery; VATS; Esophageal Cancer; Esophageal Disorders; Mediastinal Tumors; Chest Wall Tumors; Pleural Diseases
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Dr. Park accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Aetna HMO, POS, and PPO plans. Aetna does not include us in any of the plans you can purchase through the insurance exchanges or through Medicare. Please ask your insurance if you need a one-time referral. MSK has an agreement with the Aetna Transplant Program for all Aetna's commercial products.
In New York State
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint) of New York HMO, EPO, PPO, and POS plans, with the following exceptions:
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering is not an in-network provider for Empire's Medicare Managed Care plan known as Mediblue). However, effective 1/1/22, most of Empire's BCBS Medicare Advantage plans, including the NYC retiree Plus plan, will be in-network with MSK. Please call Empire BCBS to confirm if you specific plan is in-network.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
In New Jersey
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey plans for individuals, families, and small businesses. For example, the PPO plan is in-network with our Manhattan locations.
Horizon Blue Cross HMO is only in-network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth locations. It does not allow access to our Manhattan facilities.
Horizon Blue Cross PPO is in network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen, Monmouth and Manhattan locations.
OMNIA Plans: Tier I EPO based plan policy is only in-network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth locations and does not allow access to our Manhattan sites. Tier II EPO is only in-network with our Manhattan sites if it is a blue-card plan (there would be a suitcase logo indicating PPO on the front of the card).
Other plans may only be in-network at our Basking Ridge, Bergen or Monmouth locations.
Outside New York State and New Jersey
Some, but not all, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans outside of New York and New Jersey include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Contact your insurance to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
We understand that there may be many complexities involved with insurance coverage purchased through the health exchange network of the Affordable Care Act. We’re here to help. If you have questions about how your care will be covered by an insurance provider, or need help navigating a change in coverage, please call us at 646-227-3378; if you are not a resident of New York, you can call us at 866-248-1274. Our team is here to listen to your concerns and assist you in any way we can. We want our care to be as accessible and affordable for as many people as possible.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with CIGNA's HMO, POS, and PPO plans. CIGNA does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
- If you are a New York State resident: Please ask your insurance if you need a one-time referral.
- If you live outside of New York State: Please ask your insurance if you have in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with EmblemHealth’s PPO, EPO, POS, HMO plans and Medicare plans. Emblem Health does not include us in any of its Select Care network plans or in their Medicare Bold and Reserved Networks plans. EmblemHealth includes GHI, HIP, Vytra, and ConnecticCare (in NYS Only). You must bring a referral from your Emblem primary care doctor to your first appointment.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Humana.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Interlink Health Services.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
In New York: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s New York locations are in-network with the Emblem
In New Jersey: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s New Jersey locations in Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth are in-network with the Horizon Medicare Advantage Plan. This plan is not accepted for care provided at MSK’s New York locations.
If you are enrolled in any other Medicare Advantage plan, please contact your insurance carrier to determine your benefits and coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering since your access may be limited.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is not an in-network provider in Emblem’s Medicare Bold or Reserved Network plans. However, effective 4/1/22, most of the Empire BCBS Medicare Advantage plans, including the NYC retiree Plus plan, will be in-network with MSK. Please call Empire BCBS to confirm if your specific plan is in-network.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS plans. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Multiplan.
If you are covered by more than one insurance plan, you will want to determine your benefits from both plans. First, you need to determine which one is your primary insurance provider by contacting your employee benefits office or your insurance carriers. After you find out which is your primary insurance provider, you should then contact your insurance carrier to determine if you have access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some MVP plans. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for New York State employees who have enrolled in UnitedHealthcare's Cancer Resource Services. If you have the Empire Plan, you should call Cancer Resources Services at 866-936-6002 to verify and enroll in this coverage.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network with Oscar’s Circle Plus Network, a part of its Small Group Broad line that is offered only to select small business groups. Oscar does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider for any of its individual plans. Please confirm eligibility with your insurance carrier.
We have agreements with several insurance companies that may provide additional coverage for cancer patients. These benefit programs include:
- AXA Assistance USA
- Beech Street
- Integrated Health Plans
- National Health Administrators
- National Preferred Provider Network
- UnitedHealthcare's Cancer Resource Services
- United Resource Network
- Veterans Choice Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Oxford’s Freedom and Liberty plans as well as the Metro Plan (which is only offered to small business groups and no longer offered as individual plans). Please confirm with your insurance if you need a one-time referral. Note: Oxford’s Medicare Managed Care plan — Secure Horizon — does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Oxford does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with QualCare's PPO and HMO/POS network.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Specialty Care Management.
Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with UnitedHealthCare's HMO, POS, and PPO plans. Please confirm with your insurance if a one-time referral is needed.
UnitedHealthCare's Medicare Managed Care plan does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider.
United does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by UnitedHealthcare.
Contact and Location
Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offer many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.
BS, Chemistry, Georgetown University; MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
General Surgery - New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center; Cardiothoracic Surgery - NewYork Presbyterian/Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Thoracic Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Thoracic Surgery - Mayo Clinic
Surgery; Thoracic Surgery
I am a thoracic surgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of non-heart chest diseases, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors such as thymoma, chest wall tumors, and malignant pleural mesothelioma. I am particularly experienced in the care of people with advanced lung and esophageal cancers.
I perform more than 300 surgeries per year and see close to 1,000 patients annually in the clinic. I work closely with colleagues from medical oncology, radiation oncology, and anatomic and molecular pathology to develop individualized treatment plans to improve patients’ outcomes and quality of life.
Patients are often concerned about the prognosis of their cancer, the potential complications of surgery, and how treatment will impact their day-to-day life. I try to reassure them and their loved ones that we are committed to effectively and aggressively treating their condition while minimizing pain and discomfort and maintaining their quality of life. I hope my patients feel confident that I am on their side in this fight and that I will do everything I can to take good care of them.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, we use cutting-edge technology to provide exceptional surgical treatment and decrease the risk of complications and damage to healthy tissue. Minimally invasive approaches, such as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery, are now the standard of care for most thoracic cancers and have been shown to reduce pain and the time it takes to recover.
I am one of the world’s experts in advanced robotic surgical techniques both for early and advanced thoracic malignancies, including lung, esophageal, and thymic cancers. Where most surgeons would opt for a traditional open operation (thoracotomy), I am often able to offer patients a minimally invasive approach. I pioneered the development of robotic lobectomy (removal of a lobe of the lung through minimally invasive surgery) for people with localized lung cancer. I also utilize advanced technologies, such as endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), navigational bronchoscopy, and advanced airway procedures, to diagnose thoracic cancers and manage some of the complications of advanced cancer.
When possible, we use lung-preserving surgery for people with early-stage lung cancer. The traditional curative surgical procedure has been lobectomy, but now at least 30% of these surgeries can be segmentectomies in which a smaller portion of the lobe is removed. This allows the patient to retain a significant level of lung function.
Additionally, MSK performs comprehensive molecular testing of many cancers to identify the most effective systemic treatments that will target any potential genetic changes in the tumor that fuel their growth. We are actively involved in clinical trials to evaluate treatments guided by genomic test results, including various combinations of new targeted therapies, chemotherapies, and immunotherapies given before surgery for locally advanced lung cancers.
I became interested in thoracic surgical oncology as a Cornell University surgical resident during my rotation on the Thoracic Service at MSK. I learned so much from my surgical oncology mentors and was especially impressed with the outstanding multidisciplinary care delivered through MSK’s thoracic cancer clinical care teams, which include surgeons, nurses, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists.
Today, I carry on that patient-centered focus through the care I provide to my patients, my outcomes research to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care, and my work to establish standards for training and credentialing in the field of robotic thoracic surgery.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife of 25 years and my three children. We love traveling to our favorite vacation spots, including Cape Cod, California, and the Caribbean. I stay active playing tennis and golf and make time to relax with a good movie or book. I especially like crime novels. One of my favorite authors is Harlan Coben, whose novels are set in New York and northern New Jersey.
Awards and Honors
- Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2012, 2013, 2015-2020)
Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.
Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.
You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.
Research and Publications
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Park’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.
MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.
Bernard J. Park discloses the following relationships and financial interests:
Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Provision of Services
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Provision of Services
If you’re a patient at MSK and would like more information about your doctor’s external relationships, please talk with your doctor.
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